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A well executed parent/child dynamic can make a book stand out from the crowd. We all have people who raised us, but lots of books conveniently forget that for simplicity’s sake. This is especially true in fantasy books: how many characters are orphans, estranged children, or have a cardboard cutout character for a mom? And if the fantasy character only has one living parent in the book, more often than not, it’s dear old dad.
Here’s to five books with moms I love, and to five that I wish had a great mom included!
Yay, Books with Moms!
The Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater
Maura and Blue have an amazing balance between testing each other and trusting each other. Even when Blue wants to rebel against Maura’s rules or to push the boundaries, she always knows she has a supportive mom to come to when she needs help. Plus, they sometimes read together in Blue’s bedroom. What better mother-daughter bonding activity is there?
Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
Don’t we all really just want for Molly Weasley to give us a hug and then tell us to go clean the kitchen? She is one of the ultimate book moms, not only for managing to raise and put up with her own children, but taking others like Harry and Hermione under her wing to boot.
A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin
Catelyn Stark is one heck of a momma wolf. Over the course of the series, she goes way out of her comfort zone and deals with tremendous burdens to try to protect and guide her children.
The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen
The Queen family’s dream home suddenly feels too large after Macy’s father passes away unexpectedly, leaving only her and her mom about the house. Macy and Deborah deal with the loss in very different ways, and Dessen’s portrayal of these two trying to support each other and come to terms with their new life is wonderful and deep. You really feel for this amazingly hard-working entrepreneur mom, even when she and Macy are at odds.
The Fire Within, by Chris D’Lacey
This is an adorable children’s book that is, in my opinion, equally enjoyable for adults. In this cute story about family, creativity, magic, squirrels, and dragons, a college student rents a room from a mother with a young daughter. Liz, the mom, and Lucy, the daughter, quickly become more to David than just his landlord and her precocious kid! Liz is a creative, loving single mom who gets down to business and doesn’t put up with any crap from her kid or her tenant. Reading about her bossing David around and occasionally having to mother him as much as her own child is hilarious and heartwarming.
More Moms Needed!
Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
If Celaena had some good female role models in her life, maybe she would have shown a little more character development over those thousands of pages in the series. #SorryNotSorry
Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
This duology is basically perfect, right down to the level of parent-child relationship included. I loved everything we learned about Inej’s parents, and even though the series didn’t really need it, my heart still yearns for more stories about her mom. That’s a lady I’d like to give a bouquet of geraniums.
The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater
Again, this is a book where the lack of mom is pretty crucial to the family dynamic, but Puck’s recollections of her mom make my heart all warm and fuzzy for that awesome lady. The memory of Puck’s mom teaching her to ride a pony makes me want to hug something. Maggie, how do you make a character who doesn’t even show up in the book so vivacious?
A Shadow Bright and Burning, by Jessica Cluess
This is a prime example of fantasy books where Dad is super important and Mom is negligible. Quite a big to-do is made about what kind of person Henrietta’s father was or was not, but I remember absolutely nothing about the protagonist’s mom, and I didn’t read this book that long ago. Cluess surprised me with some of her twists and misdirections, though, so perhaps Mrs. Howell will have a bigger role to play as the series progresses.
Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
The premise of this book is unlike anything I can recall: the Queen of Fennbirn, chosen by the Goddess, always has triplet daughters. As soon as her daughters are born, the Queen surrenders their care and her rule to the island’s governing council, then leaves the island forever. Then, when her daughters come of age, they fight to the death and the last one standing is crowned.
In this book, Queen hopefuls Katharine, Mirabella, and Arsinoe unveil a lot of drama and chaos as the day of their royal competition approaches. There are some seeerious twists at the end of the book! I really want to know more about the former Queen, Camille. What has she been doing on the mainland since her daughters were born? Did she have any hand in the drama that gets unleashed? What would she think of the way her daughters have grown up, and which one(s) would she support?
What about you?
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